Owners Jesse Van Note and Andrew Ross became friends working together at an Asheville brewery many years ago. There was no shortage of beer around them at all times, but they still felt like something was missing in Asheville. 

After many bottle shares and late nights, the idea of a craft beer collective came about; a place that brought all the best beers from around the world under one roof. 

They opened The Whale :: A Craft Beer Collective as the first and original location in West Asheville in 2017. After the Whale AVL popped off, folks encouraged Jesse and Ross to expand their vision and they opened the Greenville location in 2019. Jesse had been playing shows in Greenville for years with his band Bask, and took a liking to the area. While the basic concept of the two bars is similar, they have a different look, feel, and menu from one another.  While they are only an hour away from each other, you can have a completely different experience at each location. Despite the differences, you will find some of the trademark features at all Whale locations, like a huge Whale skeleton hanging overhead.

The Whale CHS was born in September of 2021 as the third addition to the family. The Whale AVL’s longtime general manager, Jesse Mellinger, relocated to the coast to run the new spot. Hosting Zwanze Day as their epic grand opening, the Whale CHS hit the ground running and hasn’t looked back. 

“A craft beer collective is something we spent a lot of time thinking about,” he says. “Most of our friends work in craft beer, and when we set out to do this, we wanted to approach it from a perspective of gathering the ideas about what we were lacking as a community and creating a space we all wanted to hang out in. We want to create something approachable, friendly, and also an elevated drinking experience.

OKTOBERFEST IS THIS SATURDAY! :: PARTY STARTS AT 1pm! :: Games start at 2! :: @undergroundbakery is pulling in the BRETZEL BUS! :: Fun! :: Here til 11pm :: TheWhaleCollective.com :: Prost!
What a beautiful day to dive in! :: We’re here from 2-12 and ready to party with y’all :: $10 1L Steins of German Lager make for the perfect patio crusher, wouldn’t you agree? :: @seol_ahs in the house tonight starting around 4 :: Don’t forget @pohjalabeer feature starts at Noon on Friday :: We will have an epic selection of both draft & bottle options :: Prost!
WU-TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN :: Join us for our weekly installment of WINE DOWN WU-WEDNESDAY :: 1/2 OFF wine bottles & @wutangclan bumpin ALL NIGHT :: $1 OFF @bensamericansake “Yu-Tang” Saki spritzer cans :: @comal.864 is slingin 🔥 from 6-8 :: PROST!

Open 4-10 today FOR/HERE or TO/GO w/ @_thekingofcarrotflowers & @maura_graceee on the taps :: Happy Hour 4-6 :: FREE Pool/Multicade/Snacks always :: Pets & outside food welcome :: Good vibes required :: Full list @ TheWhaleCollective.com :: PROST!
MARK THOSE CALENDARS! :: We are very excited to announce that this Friday, October 22nd, we will be featuring a special list of Draft & Bottle options from @pohjalabeer :: If you have yet to experience any beers from this Estonian powerhouse, you’re in for a real treat :: Come settle into this temperature drop with some of the best Stouts and Porters in the world :: Kegs tapped at Noon :: Bottles available FOR/HERE or TO/GO until sold out! :: @seol_ahs slinging 🔥 from 4pm on :: Friday plans made :: PROST!

Here til midnight tonight w/ Charleston’s best beer list :: @seol_ahs from 5pm til Sold Out :: PROST!
OKTOBERFEST IS THIS SATURDAY! :: @undergroundbakery is pulling in the BRETZEL BUS for all you pretzel needs and @haywoodcommon is getting all the brats roasting :: @ayinger_privatbrauerei providing the glassware, gonna be a hell of a party :: Costume Contest, Pretzel Toss, Stein Hoisting, and more! :: 1pm start :: Here today till 11 :: TheWhaleCollective.com :: Prost!
NOTHING W/O OUR FRIENDS :: OG Whale sticker found in the wild by @vannaughty & @cory_whalegvl @ the forever homies @saludbeershop :: Salud has always been an inspiration for The Whale & is a must stop for any beer lover traveling to Charlotte :: PROST!

Open 4-10 today FOR/HERE or TO/GO w/ @cory_whalegvl on the taps :: Happy Hour 4-6 :: FREE Pool/Multicade/Snacks always :: Pets & outside food welcome :: Good vibes required :: Full list @ TheWhaleCollective.com :: PROST!
PIZZA PARTY MONDAY’S :: We’re rocking a 20 Dolla Holla for a @bigtentpizza Cheese Pie & Stein of German Lager!! :: Pizza starts at 5 :: We’re open now until Midnight :: Let’s Party :: Prost!
OKTOBERFEST IS BACK THIS SATURDAY! :: ʟɪᴋᴇ,ꜱʜᴀʀᴇ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛᴀɢ ᴀ ʏᴏᴅᴇʟᴇʀ ᴛᴏ ᴡɪɴ ᴀ ꜰʀᴇᴇ ꜱᴛᴇɪɴ ᴛᴏ ᴛᴀᴋᴇ ʜᴏᴍᴇ! :: We’ve got @ayinger_privatbrauerei Helping us throw the party of the year! :: PRIZES, COSTUMES, GAMES, BEER! :: Starts at 1pm, Contests start at 2pm :: TheWhaleCollective.com :: Prost!